MacArthur Study Bible
The MacArthur Study Bible, first issued in 1997 by Word Publishing (which has since been acquired by Thomas Nelson
Thomas Nelson (publisher)
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), is a study Bible
Study Bible
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 edited by evangelical
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 Bible expositor
Expository preaching
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 John F. MacArthur
John F. MacArthur
John Fullerton MacArthur, Jr. is a United States evangelical writer and minister noted for his internationally known and broadcast radio program titled Grace to You...

 with introductions and notes pertaining to verses in all the books of the Bible
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. It also has charts, maps, personal notes, Biblical harmonies, chronologies of Old Testament
Old Testament
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 kings and prophets, and appendices. MacArthur, pastor of Grace Community Church
Grace Community Church (California)
Grace Community Church is a non-denominational, evangelical megachurch located in Sun Valley, California. John MacArthur is the pastor-teacher of the congregation, founded in 1956...

 and president of The Master's Seminary, wrote more than half of the 20,000 entries himself in longhand, and reworked many of the others written by seminary faculty.

Initially only available in the New King James Version
New King James Version
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, the MacArthur Study Bible is now also published using the New American Standard Bible
New American Standard Bible
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 text and the English Standard Version
English Standard Version
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 text, as well as in Spanish
Spanish language
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, German
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, French
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, Italian
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 and Portuguese
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. In 1998, it won the Gold Medallion Book Award
Gold Medallion Book Award
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for Study Bible of the Year, and as of 2007 had more than 1 million copies distributed. It has also been criticized, as well as praised for its views on premillennial eschatology and limited atonement.

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